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Career Planning

QUESTION: Am considering a master degree in Security Studies or Intelligence. Will that open doors for me?

ANSWER: Maybe. Probably not. I do not recommend pursuing either degree, unless you already have a security clearance and are employed within the world of intelligence on the government side of the house.

These degrees are great for expanding your understanding of how these domains work and are structured … and certainly good for understanding the various forms of bureaucracy involved that are essential to being successful — BUT these degrees are not great for being dooropeners.

Employers want to hire people that solve problems.

A dooropener degree should be one that indicates: ‘I know about X, which prepares me to be able to deal with problems A, B and C.

Dooropener degrees could be technical (IT, STEM) but also involve Finance, Distributed Smart Logistics, Enterprise Systems, International Commerce and Banking, Business, Intelligent Architecture, Industrial Production, Robotics, Computational Linguistics, etc.

Want Doors to Open?

Regardless of your core area of expertise or interest in intelligence, I strongly recommend pursuing the world of GEOINT – Geospatial Intelligence.

GEOINT is as much in demand in commercial industry as it is in government or military career fields.

GEOINT plays a central role within all INTs. That role will only grow in importance in the future.

One degree in particular with a bright future ahead of it is George Mason University’s Geo Informatics and Geospatial Intelligence degree:

>>> Other schools also offer GEOINT, or similar programs. If your objective is to work in the U.S. DoD or IntelligenceCommunity (IC) then consider a school that is part of the IC Centers for Academic Excellence.

GEOINT is the future for all intelligence disciplines by its ability to consider multidimensional aspects of who and what, when and where, and in relationship of one thing to another.

Best regards,
Bill Golden

Cloud Software Engineer with 20K Sign On Bonus

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Chinese Toponymist (Geospatial Linguist) 

APPLY / LEARN MORE Clearance Required: Day Description Job Description: Leidos is seeking a candidate for a Chinese Toponymist (Geospatial Linguist) candidate to support a customer site in Springfield, VA. Active TS/SCI  and willingness to obtain a POLY level clearance is REQUIRED to be considered. The Vietnamese Toponymist (Geospatial Linguist) shall analyze and conflate information associated with feature

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FPGA Systems Engineer, Requirements Analyst SME (ZT)

APPLY / LEARN MORE The Software Engineer develops, maintains, and enhances complex and diverse software systems (e.g., processing-intensive analytics, novel algorithm development, manipulation of extremely large data sets, real-time systems, and business management information systems) based upon documented requirements. Required Job Qualifications and Skills: Reviews and tests software components for adherence to the design requirements

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Systems Engineer, Jr/Mid/Sr, California or Maryland (DODHHNC)

APPLY / LEARN MORE All levels considered Clearance Requirement: CI poly (opportunity to upgrade to FS Poly) Work Location: Positions in Columbia, MD and San Diego, CA CONTACT Nancy at for more info about this position System Engineer The selected candidate will join a high performing agile team that uses the Scaled Agile Framework

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